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LENOX LIBRARY ASSOCIATION
LENOX, MASSACHUSETTS 01240
The Trip over the Mohawk Trail
Through the Berkshires to Bash Bish is One Never Forgotten
jHETHER a person lives in Maine or California, there must sometime come a desire to see
the Berkshire Hills, for the fame of this wonderful region has spread far and wide — and well
it may, for it would be hard to imagine any thing more beautiful than the scenery through-
out this section. To see the Berkshire Hills, however, means to be overpowered, for one can-
not travel through the roads which skirt these hills and look on trees, rivers, lakes, undulat-
ing slopes of marvelous green — and not feel that here is something beyond the power of man
to reproduce on canvas — beyond the power of writer to pen.
One beautiful spot after another tells the story of these hills and when one sees them there can be
little else in one's mind — and for years after, the beauty of these hills linger in the memory; and no matter
where one goes, there is always a comparison of the scenery with the Berkshires and one always says: "It
is beautiful but it cannot compare with the Berkshires/'
Because the scenery of these hills is so wonderful, so overpowering, so impressive, this book has been
compiled and years after you leave these hills you cannot help having a thrill of pleasure every time you
look at the following pages and imagine you are again with us in these hills, where Nature left nothing to
be desired, allowed nothing to mar the perfect beauty of this masterpiece.
This book is a book of the Berkshire Hills covering those spots which you should see if you would see
the hills in all their beauty, a book which will be a delight to your friends back home, one which will aid
you wonderfully when you describe scenes which thrilled you with pleasure, even as they have those who
have seen the world's most famous spots — and yet found in the Berkshires a wealth of coloring that is
unequalled anywhere in the world.
Beautiful as this section is, the interest of the traveler is not confined alone to the beauty of the
Berkshires. There are historical spots which have a story all their own, places which today have an interest
for those of all states or countries who come to this garden spot of America.
In this book we shall take you pictorially from the beginning of the wonderful Mohawk Trail which has
no equal for scenic beauty, through classical Williamstown, give you a glimpse of North Adams, call to your
attention the beauties and interesting spots of Pittsfield, the Shire City, and then on down through the
county where beautiful residences are to be found in Lenox, Stockbridge and Great Barrington.
You will see these places as you pass through and in years after, when you look at this book, you will
remember vividly the emotions which you felt when you traveled over these roads and saw scenes that
are beyond description — scenes which draw people from all parts of the world to see THE WORLD
FAMOUS BERKSHIRE HILLS.
One of The Scenic Beauty Spots of The World
The motorist leaving Boston and taking the road through Lexington may perhaps notice a sign which
reads "Mohawk Trail" and feel a thrill of delight that at last that famous trail has been reached, the trail
which is today famous throughout this land.
It is the Mohawk Trail (the Eastern end of it) for it was over this same road that the Mohawk Indians
traveled westward in the olden days. The Mohawk Trail, however, holds its greatest interest for the
motorist more than one hundred miles beyond, for, when one speaks of the trail today, one speaks of that
road which goes over the Hoosac Mountain starting at the Deerfield River near the town of Florida and
ending in North Adams.
Having once traveled over this mountain on the new state road, completed but a short time ago, one
cannot help remembering this wonderful trail which is distinctly different to any other spot the world
knows — which is, for scenic beauty, unsurpassed.
Starting where the river crosses and traveling up and up all the time — over twelve miles of perfect
roads to the summit, beneath which 1200 feet below, trains travel through the Hoosac tunnel, the motorist
marvels at every foot for the world seems to have been left behind.
The river is far below like a tiny silver line, the curving road travels on and on through sections cut
from solid rock which seem to be at the edge of virgin forests.
And then comes the summit with its views which simply compel one to think seriously of the work of
NATURE. All the way up one wonders what will be next, wonders if things could be more impressive —
and then realizes when the summit has been reached that here is the most wonderful view of all.
In the next few pages let us take you over the trail from the Deerfield to North Adams, let us show
you some of the spots which bring motorists from far and near — the trail which once traveled always
leaves fond memories — and which will ever be a treat in store for those who have yet to enjoy the beauties
of this remarkable road.
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Curving along a Mountain Shel/
Overhanging Cold River.
The college buildings while very beautiful in themselves and most
interesting to see (they are open and guides will take you through) owe
much to their surroundings, for a fairer setting for a college could
hardly be imagined.
Take the concrete road from North Adams and spend a few hours
amid the beauties of this college town and see the places which were
favorite haunts of many men who have since become famous in the
life of this county.
On the following pages, we print some of the principal places to
see — scenes and places which hold much interest for travelers from all
sections of the country.
The Home of
As a rule a college
town is far from interest-
ing during the summer
months when the college
is closed, but in this re-
spect Williamstown is far
different for few places can
compare with this town in
the hills — the home of Wil-
In what direction could you go to find so much rest and invigora-
tion for the mind as among these hills — where could you see anything
which is more beautiful than the view pictured here — along the Green
River in Williamstown.
It would require a volume
to enumerate all the attrac-
tions of these wonderful Berk-
shire Hills, for look where you
will there are always before
you supreme beauties of Na-
ture — and two of Nature's
masterpieces are these spots —
the Inner Hopper at Williams-
town and Torreys Drive.
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It wouldn't be a New England town if it didn't have a white church-
and this is the Congregational church of Williamstown.
Grace Hall and the Haystack
Monument, two of the interest-
ing places to visit in Williams-
town, for both are famous. The
Haystack Monument marks the
spot where was founded in 1808,
the American Board of Foreign
After the trip over the trail with its many scenes of such great
beauty, it is always a delight to order a delicious dinner and talk
over your trip. And nowhere is there a more pleasant place to do
this than at the Greylock, the delightfully situated hotel in Wil-
liamstown — a great favorite with tourists. Those who stop at the
Greylock will find much to
interest them in Williamstown
and on these pages are pic-
tured some of the spots which
all should see. The college
buildings, Grace Hall, The
Haystack Monument, the
scenes along the Green River
and many charming rides, all
help to make Williamstown
one of the most popular of all
the Shire City Which Attracts so Many Because
of Its Beauty
Pittsfield is a city, a city with throbbing industries which employ people of many races, a city where
the growth has been rapid and success has come to a great many persons — and yet it is hard to think of
Pittsfield as a commercial center because of its wonderful beauty.
Its wide streets with wonderful trees, its lakes that have no rivals for beauty anywhere in the world,
its beautifully kept lawns — everything about Pittsfield makes you want to stay in it — and you will say as
all those who see it say: "This is the place to live." Pittsfield is just halfway between Boston and New
York and from both of these cities it attracts many visitors, while from the far west, people travel many
hundreds of miles to see this shire city of the Berkshires — the beautiful city in the hills. It is really the
center of the Berkshires and people stay in this city and make trips through the hills always returning to
Pittsfield at night for the many activities which are here. To see Pittsfield is to see one of the most beau-
tifully situated cities in the world, a spot where beautiful hills surround it on every side, within the borders
of which ponds and lakes of unequalled charm are to be seen and through which brooks and the Housatonic
River pass, adding a beauty all their own — a beauty which helps to make Pittsfield the beautiful spot it is.
Somewhere in the world there may be more beautiful lakes, but it would be hard to imagine a more
beautiful lake in a more beautiful setting than Lake Onota in the western part of Pittsfield. To stand on
the hill on West Street and look across this lake with Greylock for a back ground, is to look at one of
Nature's proudest jewels set as only Nature knows how.
Why people come to the Berkshires
When such scenes as the one pictured below greet
the eye no matter which way one may look, is it any
wonder people travel hundreds of miles to see the
In the Quaint Old Lanesborough
When one sees the large boulder which
marks the last resting place of one who
was known far and wide as Josh Billings,
one cannot help feeling that such a resting
place in the quiet Lanesborough cemetery
is as Josh wished it.
A Favorite Lake in Pitts field
Pittsfield's most popular playground, Pontoosuc
Lake, has a beauty of its own which would call for many
expressions of admiration were it not among so many
other spots as beautiful and even more so. A favorite
summer resort and not deserted even during the
Berkshire winters for there are those who love its
shores all months in the year.
At first glance it seems but a large
boulder, but the longer one looks, the
longer one marvels. It is Balance Rock
and it is so perfectly balanced on such a
small area that one wonders how it can
be. See Balance Rock, it is something
Leaving Pittsfield and traveling Southward, brings one to Lenox with its wonderful residences, for it is
a residential section entirely — one of those beautiful towns which are given over entirely to the joy of living
and where the smoke of industry is unknown. It is some years since many New Yorkers found this garden
spot in the hills and soon palatial summer homes sprang up, one after another — each one more beautiful
than the other. It is to these homes that millionaires from all over the United States come when the
cool sea breezes are a bit too cool and the wonderful green of the Berkshire Hills changes to the many
exquisite colorings which make one wonder if anything could be more beautiful. Lenox and its sister
town of Stockbridge, just beyond, should have some of your time, for it is a delight to travel over the
different roads and see the homes which are built in these hills which have no equal during the summer
months and which grow more beautiful as the days shorten and fall comes over the land.
Upper "Main Street" of Lenox
Showing Park in
America's Most Famous Resort
A perfect village street and one of the best
known streets in America, for it's Main Street,
Lenox — and not to have seen Lenox is to have
missed seeing one of the most famous summer
resorts in this country.
Shadowbrook the largest home in Lenox, built by Anson Phelps Stokes and the home of Andrew Carnegie
when he died. It was on the beautiful Stockbridge Bowl or Lake Mahkeenac which this palatial residence over-
looks that Carnegie spent some of his happiest days catching some of the beauties which swam in the lake below
his home. It is a house of 150 rooms and is situated on the lower road from Lenox to Stockbridge.
It is no wonder that people
come year after year to spend
at least some time at the
Aspinwall Hotel, for the time
spent at this beautiful house
cannot be other than enjoyable.
Perfect in appointment in every
way, this beautiful summer
hotel is so situated that no
matter which way the eye may
travel, one sees scenery which
arrests the attention of even
the world traveler — scenery
which impresses one with its
grandeur and color.
As you travel through the Berkshires
you must be impressed with the beauty of
the Berkshire streams which go tumbling
along over rocks, through wooded places,
always singing their songs of happiness
as they travel on and toward the large
waters which eventually reach the sea.
There are so many of these streams and
Where Rest the Friendly Indians
As you may see by the inscription, this stone
marks the spot where was the ancient burial
ground of the Stockbridge Indians — Indians who
were friends of early Stockbridge settlers.
each one seems to have a beauty
all its own that to take any par-
ticular one would be to try and
place the beauties of one above
the others — and who is there who
could say which caused the eye
more delight or sent more cheerful-
ness to the soul.
The trip of trips, the trip of a lifetime, is the one you take to the Berkshire Hills. Your stay in the
Berkshire's will always leave with you delightful memories, for happy days cannot fail to be yours while you
are here. To make sure that your stay will be comfortable, you need only to stay at this splendid Summer
Hotel on Pittsfields main street. Famous for many years as a young ladies' seminary, Maplewood was
later turned into a summer hotel and for many years this delightful spot with its beautiful shade trees has
been, for weeks, the home of many who love the Berkshires and who have found in this hotel the ideal
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There are many picturesque old residences throughout Berkshire County but nowhere is there one
which makes a prettier picture than this quaint old house on the lower road from Williamstown to Pittsfield.
Is it any wonder that strangers who come to Pittsfield desire
to stay here and make Pittsfield their home when they see such
streets as this? It is Wendell Avenue, one of Pittsfield's finest
Pittsfield offers every kind of scenery you desire
and this seeming path near the country club is a
picture of the old road now little used. Its picturesque
beauty makes it a spot well worth seeing.
But a few minutes walk from Pittsfield's
busy streets is this charming spot. It is Spring-
side Park and the pleasure it gives young and
old, every day is great.
See the Berkshires once and you will always have
a desire to see them again for this section never
loses it attractions and charm for the visitors. It
is not a case of one scene that is beautiful, but
many and it seems as though every direction the
eyes are turned there is a picture which makes one
wonder if anything could be more beautiful — such
a view is the one pictured here, looking from South
Mountain toward the Pittsfield Country Club.
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It isn't a picture of a spot in the wilderness—
simply a picture of the Housatonic River at Elm
Street. It was at this point that the first mill
dam was erected so many years ago and many
residents now living remember the foot bridge
which crossed the river at this point.
Going out of Pittsfield on the road toward
Dalton, one cannot help noticing the building
pictured here. It is the Government Mill where
all the paper for the paper money is made and
holds much interest for travelers.
At the Berkshire end of Jacobs Ladder, situated in the town of Lee is Greenock Inn, one of the most
attractive and comfortable of all Berkshire Hotels. Although an all year house, this hotel is particularly
attractive to the summer visitor for it is ideally situated amid shade trees and everything is done for the
comfort and pleasure of its guests. It is right in the center of things and a stop at this hotel means an
added pleasure to your trip.
Nature lavishly endowed the Berkshires with
loveliness and one of her most beautiful roads is
the one which passes between the willows in
As you pass on through seemingly endless miles
of wonderful hills, you will notice spots which
seem like paintings — places where Nature seems
to have put forth more than special efforts to make
a thing of beauty. Such a scene meets the eye
in Lee, where the river passes the beautiful Sum-
ALBANY, N. Y.
Via New Lebanon, Nassau and Rensselaer
CITY HALL PARK on left, hotel on
right. Go south on South St. with
trolley. At 0.2 mileage turn right
onto West Housatonic St.
SHAKER VILLAGE, MASS.
NEW LEBANON, N. Y.
NEW LEBANON CENTRE.
RENSSELAER: Turn left across
long iron bridge over 1 ludson
ALBANY: Turn right with trolley
along river to Broadway and State
Via North Adams, Mohawk Trail and Shel-
CITY HALL PARK on right. Go
north on North St. with trolley to
Hospital, turn right onto Tyler St.
COLTSVILLE: Four corners; meet-
ing cross trolley; hotel on right,
CHESHIRE: Straight ahead.
ADAMS: At square, turn left with
21.9 6.3 NORTH ADAMS: From Main St.
turn right up Eagle St., next right
up Union St. Start climb up Mo-
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SHELBURNE FALLS: Turn left
across bridge onto Bridge St.
NEW YORK CITY
Via Gt. Barrington, Lakeville, Pawling,
Tarrytown and Yonkers
CITY HALL PARK on left, hotel
on right; go south on South St.
LENOX: Turn left at monument
and next right at stone Church.
STOCKBRIDGE: Turn left at
monument in green
GT. BARRINGTON: Straight
through with trolley.
SO. EGREMONT. '
MILLERTON, N. Y.; Bear left
on Main St.
AMENIA: Straight thru.
LAKE MAI IOPAC.
BALDWIN PLACE: Turn right
at four corners.
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K1TCHAWAN: Keep right.
SCARBORO: Turn left onto
N. TARRYTOWN: Bear right on
TARRYTOWN: Straight thru.
HAST I NGS-ON-HUDSON.
YONKERS: Bear right onto
NEW YORK CITY: Columbus
Circle (Broadway and 59th St.)
Via Jacob's Ladder
CITY HALL PARK on left, hotel
on right. Go south on South St.
LENOX: Left fork at monument.
LEE: Turn onto Main St. with
trollcv. Left at Park onto Fuller
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CHESTER: Continue on State
I 11 NTINGTON: Follow trolley.
Rl SSELL: Turn to right at water-
I FIELD: Follow trolley to
left onto Main St Turn left at
SPRINGFIELD Main St.
Great Barrington will tempt you with its
glorious surroundings and its delightful at-
mosphere, and the Colonial Inn will tempt
you to stay in Great Barrington as long as
possible. It is a hotel which is like a beau-
tiful country home, an Inn where everything
is done to make the comfort of the traveler
It is a picture of the Housatonic River near
Great Barrington and one of the prettiest of scenes
imaginable. It is flowing slowly as if reluctant to
leave the Berkshires and the beautiful hills which
have been its home for many miles. Look for this
scene, it is worth seeing.
Niagara is impres-
sive because of its
size, other falls are
of their height, but
Wahconah Falls in
Dalton must im-
press you because
of its wonderful
beauty and because
it is suchya charm-
ing spot. It is one of
the favorite [spots
for Berkshire peo-
ple and others from
all the world to visit
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